With six games on this Friday night of NHL action, DraftKings DFS Hockey players have a plethora of superstar, and value, talent to choose from in the player draft pools. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s slate of games:
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,000) – Lundqvist put together a gem on Tuesday night against the Capitals and gets the nod in net for the Rangers on Friday against the Avalanche. He has been as fantastic as ever for NY this season, and has been a great run in his last four games going 3-1-0 and allowing only six goals against in that span. With a 1.88 GAA average on the year, roll Henrik on Friday against the middle-of-the-pack offense of the Avalanche, playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,700) – With his win in Vancouver on Wednesday night, Fleury is now riding a modest four-game win streak and has only allowed four goals against over the streak and posted one shutout. He is a great play on Friday night against the now Connor McDavid-less Oilers. He is one of the hottest goalies in the league at the moment, has posted a 1.74 GAA, a .939 SV% and is averaging 6.1 FPPG on the season. Take advantage of the great matchup and put Fleury in your lineup at a reasonable price.
Frederik Andersen ($7,000) – Despite the Ducks every effort to look like anything except a playoff team this season, Andersen has been fantastic this year and has been a primary reason the Ducks games have been as close in many of their games as they have been. Strip away the 2-5-2 record, although he has won his last two starts, and Andersen is a top-10 goalie in the league in both GAA and SV%. He is taking on the Blue Jackets on Friday and is my value-buy of the night at the goalie position for DK DFS players.
Others to Consider: Petr Mrazek ($7,000) or Jimmy Howard ($7,000), Kari Lehtonen ($6,700), Corey Crawford ($7,800).
Brent Seabrook ($5,200) – As the saying in NBA Jam used to go, “he’s on fire!” Seabrook is seemingly impossible to keep off the scoresheet right now with points in seven straight games and is coming off a multi-point effort in Wednesdays defense-optional matchup with the Blues. He now sits with 11 points on the season and has 10 of those points on this current hot streak. Pay a little bit of a higher price on defense to put him in your lineup and reap the benefits.
Francois Beauchemin ($4,900) – Beauchemin has had a strong start to his first year in the Rockies with nine points and a 4.2 FPPG average. He is riding a two-game point streak, and is coming off a multi-point effort against Calgary where he notched two assists, one on the power-play and one short-handed. He has six shots in his last three games and has eight blocked shots in his last four outings.
Hampus Lindholm ($4,500) – Lindholm has been one of the more consistent Ducks blueliners so far this season and has been their best over their last three games. Over that span he is averaging over four FPPG, with a goal and an assist, 12 SOG and four blocks. The Ducks have a favorable matchup with the Blue Jackets on Friday night so take a flier on Lindholm at a reasonable price on defense.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($5,600), John Klingberg ($5,200), Erik Johnson($4,600), Morgan Rielly ($4,300), Kris Letang ($5,700), Keith Yandle ($5,000), David Savard ($3,300).
Patrick Sharp ($5,900) – It took longer for Sharp to settle into his new role with the Stars this season, but now that he has moved up to the Stars top-line with league leaders Seguin and Benn makes Sharp an almost must-play on Friday night against Carolina. He had a four-game point streak snapped Tuesday against the Bruins, but had six points and 16 SOG in those four contests. Expect more nights like those averages to continue while playing alongside the Stars dynamic duo.
Sidney Crosby ($7,800) – It’s really a matter of when Crosby will break out and start performing like the superstar we all know him to be and that time could be coming right now. Sid has had an uncharacteristically bad start to his season with only six points in twelve games, almost a full point lower than his career point-per-game average (1.34 PPG). But Crosby has three points in his last three games, and is still getting his shots off with a 3.3 SOG average per game over his last 10. He looks primed to start producing and will have a great chance to continue his scoring ways against Edmonton on Friday night.
Taylor Hall ($6,700) – Now with Connor McDavid out for a significant amount of time, the Oilers offense will look even more to run through their top-line and that means Hall. He currently sits fifth in the NHL in scoring with 16 points and is riding a four-game multi-point streak, with back-to-back three point games. Hall has always been considered an elite-level scoring talent, and is showing his form this year that he flashed during his 80 point season two seasons ago.
Derick Brassard ($5,100) – Brassard has seen a revival of his season since being moved back up to the Rangers top-line with Rick Nash ($6,900) and Mats Zuccarello ($5,200). Brassard has put up at least a point in four consecutive games and five out of his last six with two straight multi-point efforts. Nash is day-to-day with a back injury and might not play on Friday night, but Brassard and Zuccarello have a great chemistry dating back to last year and that has continued through to this season with Zuccarello the leading goal-scorer on the team. Take advantage of his reasonable price at center and plug him in your lineup against Colorado.
Ryan Johansen ($5,400) – Johansen was projected to have a breakout season this year for Columbus, but much like his team he has struggled out of the gate. He has only posted eight points, and has seen his DK DFS salary drop $800 so far. However he managed to snap a five-game scoring drought on Tuesday against a good San Jose defense with two assists and will look to build on that against Anaheim on Friday.
Marko Dano ($3,700) – Dano was one of the big pieces in the trade that sent Brandon Saad to Columbus in the off-season. He started the season in the AHL but quickly made an impact and was called up by the big club in Chicago. So far in his first two games he has managed to score a goal, put four shots on net and block three shots to give him a very well-rounded DFS resume. He is riding the Blackhawks third-line at the moment, but with the game he is capable of don’t be surprised to see him get a crack at the team’s top-six rotation. He is a great value-buy on Friday night against the Devils so put him in your lineup to spend big elsewhere.
Others to Consider: Leon Draisaitl ($2,800), Nathan MacKinnon ($7.400), Jason Spezza ($5,900), Henrik Zetterberg ($7,000), Dylan Larkin ($4,300), Corey Perry ($6,900), Brandon Saad ($5,600), Patric Hornqvist ($5,900), Artemi Panarin ($5,000), Adam Henrique ($4,600), Kris Versteeg ($4,300), Eric Fehr ($3,900), Teemu Pulkkinen ($3,100).
Make sure to check out my Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey.